Hard hearts and a Biblical worldview…

Yesterday, I preached on sex. It’s not that we normally avoid sex in our worship; it’s just that we don’t normally address it head on.

That never stopped Jesus.

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One time, when some legalistic teachers asked him a question to test Him, Jesus used the opportunity to address their hardness of heart.

Most of what we see in broken relationships, poor examples, you name it, is a result of our hardness of heart. We allow our worldview to be formed by every influence except God, and yet somehow we’re surprised when we end up broken.

Jesus’ intention is to take hard hearts and make them hearts of flesh. When that happens, then we’re open to looking to God alone for a way that works. And for Jesus, remember, no topic is off limits. Not politics. Not religion. Not money. And certainly not sex.

Here’s the quick version: God wants us to be pure and holy. He wants us to confine sex to marriage, which should be about as restrictive as a fish swimming in water. And then He wants us to have a vibrant, enjoyable, intimate sex life.

Because God is awesome. And the same God who paints sunrises and sunsets, who constructs rugged mountain ranges and lays down beaches, who made animals like rhinos and giraffes and anteaters – that creative God who delights in our delight! – gives us sex!

The same gift of sex that existed long before sin broke everything, where Adam and Eve stood naked before one another and felt no shame. The same gift of sex that is meant to be a metaphor for an intimate relationship with God (don’t get weird about this). The same gift of sex that is meant to be a pointer (but pale in comparison) to the future glory of paradise restored for eternity.

So, what do you think? I think I want to worship a God who gives gifts like this.

Now, I know the glowing picture above isn’t how it is for everyone. The world is far, far more broken than that. And Satan has done a masterful job of perverting God’s truth enough that He has often succeeded in making a blessing into a curse.

But with honest conversation – and by the grace of God – it can be so much better than any cheap facsimile the world offers.

“And God blessed them. And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it…And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good.”

It’s Biblical. Sex is meant to be good…very good.

(Lent 11/40)

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